CATAN Studios published a news release announcing the passing of Klaus Teuber, the legendary game designer and creator of Settlers of Catan, at age 70.

One of the most well-known game designers of the modern era passed away on April 1, 2023 after brief and severe illness. Teuber is best known for designing the mega-hit board game Settlers of Catan, which in later iterations simply became known as CATAN. Over the course of his career as a game designer he won four Spiel des Jahres awards and produced such time-honored early Eurogames as Barbarossa and Drunter und Druber (repackaged as Wacky Wacky West).

His legacy will always be how the popularity of his game, Settlers of Catan, essentially brought Eurogames onto the world stage and broke open the market for so many other Eurogames to be published and successful in markets beyond Europe. CATAN now has over 30 expansions, has sold tens of millions of units, and is one of the most well-known board games of all-time.

Our condolences to the Teuber family and friends.